Ok, I have to start with a disclaimer. I set out to find out exactly what it costs me to make bread, but I don't really care if it is less than store bought. I love homemade bread so much! The aroma of it cooking in the kitchen is such a warm and welcoming smell!!
I figured out the cost of my most used recipe, which I got from a book called the 250 Best Canadian Bread Machine Baking Recipes . I use the Sally Lunn Bread recipe from page 25 as my go-to white bread recipe.
for a two pound loaf: Use sweet cycle.
1 1/4 cup milk ($0.31)
1 egg ($0.16)
1 1/4 tsp salt ( works out so low, its less than a fraction of a penny)
1/4 cup sugar ($0.07)
3 Tbsp margerine ($0.32)
3 1/2 cups flour ($0.30)
3/4 tsp bread machine yeast ($0.16)
Which adds up to $1.33
I don't really know which bread to compare it to though. A loaf of bread at the store is $1.67, but that's a sandwhich bread, and this one is more for with a meal. It is half the size of the store loaf, but four times as dense. Store bought loaves definetly toast better, and probably make better sandwiches, although we don't eat many of them. When we want to make bush pies, we definetly buy bread.
The cost difference isn't as much as I thought it would be, so I guess when I'm busy and behind on the baking, I will just give myself a break and buy the odd loaf or two. This is kind of an expensive recipe, having milk and eggs in it. I might try findig the cost of a few other bread machine recipes, and see if I can find a cheaper one.
Do you have a go to home made recipe?